In brief

24 August 2018

Internet

Off-grid energy firm BBOXX has launched a pilot to provide internet access for communities in Rwanda, creating internet connections via Wi-Fi hotspots in a joint venture with Axiom Networks. So far, ten fixed hotspots powered by BBOXX solar systems have been installed. They provide service at 10-20 Mbps even in remote areas. Read more on Telecompaper here.

Zimbabwean fibre network operator PowerTel, a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), has announced its entry into the IoT segment, reports Agence Ecofin. In addition to maintaining pre-paid electricity meters via IoT technologies, PowerTel is providing new services including vehicle tracking, generator monitoring and power line monitoring.